In my recent article, I wrote about “WHAT Is Journey Mapping and WHY Do It?” Once you understand the importance, you may be wondering HOW to get started and improve your CX skills. If so, you have come to the right place.
As a refresher, the purpose of creating a customer journey map is to help design better products and services and overall great experiences. It is a valuable method to identify problems and areas of success as customers become aware, learn, buy, get, use, etc. While Journey Maps typically look visually different from one organization to another, they consistently enable you to empathize with how customers feel when interacting with a brand.
Ways To Get Started:
1. Define Customers / Personas. Who are they? What are their interests, needs, and wants? What obstacles keep them from achieving their goals? What are their demographics, such as age, income range, education? Where do they go to find information? Answering these questions and related ones often require research through informal and formal interviews and surveys. Leveraging internal data on current customers and insights from “voice of employees” (VOE) is valuable as well.
2. Identify How Target Customers Will Interact With Your Brand. A journey map helps to define key touchpoints and channels, such as: where will customers learn about your products and services? i.e. retail store, webinar, industry events. How do they receive communications? i.e. email. social media, sales rep visit, etc. This information provides insights on why customers may or may not be satisfied and where pain points reside.
3. Dig into Customer Mindset Within Each Interaction. You want to put yourself in the “customer shoes” and identify the emotions they feel along the journey. To do this effectively, I recommend leveraging tools to guide you through the process. While there are many templates available on the internet, I especially like one that Carol Bruehns uses in the CX Certification program at Rutgers University. (Read more here about my CX class experience and how you can save 20% for online and offline courses).
Carol is offering DoingCXRight readers a copy of her template to help others in their journey mapping sessions. Download for free now.
Stay tuned for additional insights about journey mapping, persona development and other techniques to drive your success in the world of CX.
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